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    Recordng Industry Withdraws Music Sharing Lawsuit
    Lack of Due Process Leads to Mistaken Identity

    San Francisco - Seven major record labels last week dismissed charges of
    copyright infringement leveled at a 65-year-old educator, artist, and
    grandmother from Massachusetts.

    Sarah Ward was one of 261 individuals sued by the recording industry for
    allegedly sharing copyrighted music using peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing systems.

    What was the problem?* The recording industry charged Ward with sharing songs
    using the KaZaA filesharing software, but she owns only a Macintosh computer
    which cannot run KaZaA.

    Ward strongly denied using any filesharing software and explained that she
    listens to classical and folk music, not the rock and hip hop music referred to
    in the complaint.

    The seven record labels sued Ward solely on the basis of "screen shots" from the
    KaZaA network and information obtained from a controversial subpoena issued to
    Comcast, Ward's Internet service provider, under the provisions of the Digital
    Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).* Comcast did not inform Ward before releasing
    her identity to the recording industry, a step that might have allowed her to
    clear her name without the need for a lawsuit.

    "The Sarah Ward case demonstrates the reckless, frightening nature of the
    recording industry's campaign against ordinary Americans," said Electronic
    Frontier Foundation (EFF) Legal Director Cindy Cohn.* "These record labels
    violated her privacy, sued her for potentially millions of dollars, and forced
    her to hire a defense lawyer before finally recognizing that they had no case
    against her."

    "I'm particularly concerned about others who may not have the support I did to
    defend myself and clear my name," commented Ward.* "And of course as a
    grandmother and teacher, I worry about a world where people don't feel the need
    to apologize or make amends when they make a mistake."

    "The recording industry will continue to catch - and terrify - innocent people
    like Sarah Ward in its dragnet as long as these lawsuits continue," added EFF
    Staff Attorney Jason Schultz.* "What we need is a global solution that legalizes
    file-sharing, gets artists paid, and halts the recording industry's litigation

    Although Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spokesperson Jonathan
    Lamy told Associated Press that the group is targeting only "proven, egregious
    offenders," RIAA President Cary Sherman admitted to CNET that the recording
    industry makes no attempt to contact informally the targets of the lawsuits
    before suing them.
    For the full press release:

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